With all the history surrounding the Yamaha V Star 250, it’s easy to think that this classic bike has had its fair share of memories from all over the world.

First introduced in 1989 as the Yamaha Virago 250, the V Star is the epitome of a timeless bike, one that has stood generations yet still manages to be as successful today as it was back then. It’s also one of the most copied bikes in the world, especially in Third World countries where they appear far more times than any other bike in history.

Despite the fact that the V Star 250 has been around for a little over two decades, it still offers plenty of appeal to riders the world over. It’s become one of the most famous and popular bikes for riders of all shapes and sizes and has become the ’uncompromising solution’ for those in the market for a sharp little cruiser.

Find out more about the Yamaha V Star 250 after the jump.

  • 2011 Yamaha V Star 250
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    an air-cooled, 60-degree V2 engine
  • Transmission:
    five-speed transmission
  • Displacement:
    249 L
  • Price:


2011 Yamaha V Star 250 High Resolution Exterior
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The 2011 Yamaha V-Star 250 is considered one of the world’s most popular motorcycles, and for good reason. The bike was designed by Yamaha to be a nimble, cat-quick bike that weighs only 324 lbs with a low center of gravity. 18" front wheels and 15" rear wheels on the bike makes the small cruiser easier to navigate in and around the block.

With all the history surrounding it, the Yamaha V Star 250 still carries plenty of design sizzle. One of the highlights is the extensive chrome details given, especially to the engine and side covers. There’s also a stylishly sculpted teardrop fuel tank featuring a 2.5-gallon capacity
for excellent cruising range and chrome pullback handlebars that make for easy-riding all the time. Expansive two-piece rider and passenger seats reinforce the cruiser’s appearance, including a rear passenger section that can be removed leaving only rider accommodation, if desired.

Forward-set footpegs enhance rider comfort by creating added legroom and the wide rear fender and front and rear wire-spoked wheels add the perfect classic, retro touch to this stylish package.


2011 Yamaha V Star 250 Drivetrain
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As far as performance capabilities are concerned, the V Star 250 carries an air-cooled, 249cc, 60-degree V2 engine with a long 66mm stroke that produces soft roll-on power. The engine is then mated to a five-speed transmission with dual chrome exhaust pipes, allowing the engine to work its proverbial magic without all the undue pressure surrounding it. The bike also features a single 26mm Mikuni downdraft carburetor with accelerator pump that provides crisp throttle response.

Transistorized coil ignition (T.C.I.) ensures fast starts and maximum engine performance while automatic cam chain tensioners help keep maintenance to a minimum and reduce mechanical engine noise. Like we mentioned, the V Star 250 comes with a smooth-shifting, 5-speed transmission that provides excellent versatility. There’s also a lightweight and user-friendly clutch lever pull while a washable, foam air filter reduces tune-up costs.

Brakes and Suspension

2011 Yamaha V Star 250
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The Yamaha V Star 250 comes with a rugged, high-tensile steel, double-cradle frame that creates a stylish profile and low seat height. A box-section swing-arm with 5-way spring preload adjustable dual rear shocks gives the rider a comfortable ride, further reinforcing the cruiser’s svelte and sexy image. Out in front, the bike carries a 282-mm drilled front disc brake that uses a twin-piston caliper for excellent stopping power. Meanwhile, the rear drum brake is both easy to adjust and provides excellent stopping power.


2011 Yamaha V Star 250 High Resolution Exterior
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How much is it going to cost to buy a Yamaha V Star 250? Here in the US, it retails for an affordable $4,090.


Model XV250A1B
Engine Type 15-cubic-inch (249cc) air-cooled, SOHC
60-degree V-twin, 2 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke 49.0 x 66.0mm
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Fuel Delivery Mikuni® 26mm
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Chain
Frame Steel tube
Suspension/Front 33mm fork; 5.5-in travel
Suspension/Rear Dual shocks; adjustable preload,
3.9-in travel
Brake/Front Hydraulic disc, 282mm
Brake/Rear 130mm drum
Tire/Front 3.00-18
Tire/Rear 130/90-15
Wheels Laced
L x W x H 86.2 x 32.1 x 44.9 in
Seat Height 27.0 in
Wheelbase 58.7 in
Fuel Capacity 2.5 gal
Est. Fuel Economy 78 mpg
Wet Weight 324 lb
Color Raven


2011 Yamaha V Star 250 High Resolution Exterior
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Hubpages ---- "The 2011 Yamaha V-Star 250 will do everything and anything you want a small cruiser to do. It will start, go, stop, and still give you that mini-Superglide feeling when you’re riding it. It’s just old and tired and needs an extreme makeover. Ty? Are you around to move that bus?"

BikesHunt ---- "If you are searching for a new 250cc bike, you are at the right place. V Star by Yamaha is a great bike under the category of 250cc bike"

motorcycle ---- "There are a whole bunch of reasons to check out the 2011 Yamaha V-Star 250, but the most intriguing is it’s authentic V-twin powerplant, which means that you are getting full sized rumble and styling in an easy to ride, lightweight bike,"

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